News update: Monday 29th April

POP-UP GLOBE ANNOUNCES FIRST WINTER FESTIVAL

SPECTACULAR ROOF TO TRANSFORM NEW ZEALAND’S MOST POPULAR NEW THEATRE INTO AN ALL-WEATHER VENUE

6 extraordinary plays | Tickets on sale today Monday, 29 April
Twelfth Night | The Roaring Girl | Hamlet | Measure for Measure
The Children’s Midsummer Night’s Dream | The Two Gentlemen of Verona

STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON

Having entertained over 600,000 people in three years, the smash-hit theatre company Pop-up Globe today announces that it will be open for business in Auckland this winter for the very first time, with a new festival of performance through July and August.

Previously limited to the summer months due to its open-sky construction based on Shakespeare’s seventeenth century design, today we can reveal that a spectacular new roof will transform New Zealand’s most popular new theatre into an all-weather venue.

This will ensure fans can enjoy more of Shakespeare’s masterworks for more of the year, with the 2019 Winter Festival starting on 8 July and featuring a line-up of six shows including new full-scale productions of the hilarious comedy Twelfth Night and Middleton’s farcical gem The Roaring Girl.

In another first for the theatre, Pop-up Globe has teamed up with The Stage Company to commission and co-produce The Children’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, bringing the magic of Shakespeare to life for young people in a one-hour-long family-fun production  that will play daily during the July school holidays.

The hit summer shows Measure for Measure and Hamlet will also return for strictly limited seasons in August, giving audiences another opportunity to see these critically-acclaimed productions before they continue to tour New Zealand.

And finally, the Pop-up Globe Youth Theatre Company, made up of young people aged 15-24, will present their debut production, the pop-comedy The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, under the direction of Rita Stone. This new company offers young people the chance to work with the professional team at Pop-up Globe, opening up the theatre’s stage and expertise to a new generation of theatre makers.

All shows in the festival are performed in the beautiful surroundings of the Pop-up Globe playhouse — the world’s first working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe.

The theatre’s now better than ever, with improved acoustics, new lavish boxes surrounding the stage, and a spectacular winter roof over the yard of the theatre, making it an all-weather venue.

Pop-up Globe’s new seasonal roof, which was commissioned by Pop-up Globe from specialist Whangarei-based firm Fabric Structures Ltd, is a specially designed canvas structure that is lavishly decorated with a hand-painted sky-design incorporating native New Zealand birds flying to the heavens. It will provide shelter from the elements to the yard area of the theatre, allowing the theatre to be used year-round.

Tickets to the Winter Festival go on sale today.

Artistic director and Pop-up Globe founder, Miles Gregory, says he’s thrilled to be able to give fans more of what they’ve asked for.

“We’re constantly asked by fans why they have to wait six months for their next dose of Shakespeare, Pop-up Globe-style, and we know that the second Globe was used in both summer and winter in Shakespeare’s day”, says Dr Gregory.

“Through careful engineering, we will be able to transform Pop-up Globe into a beautiful covered and hopefully warm theatre without diluting the experience that Shakespeare created 400 or so years ago.”

News update: Sunday 7 April

POP-UP GLOBE ANNOUNCES IT’S HITTING THE ROAD

EXTRAORDINARY STYLE OF SHAKESPEARE HITS THEATRES AROUND THE COUNTRY THIS WINTER

7 venues nationwide | Tickets on sale Thursday 11 April

It’s sold over half-a-million tickets, performed over 1000 shows, and wowed audiences across Australasia with its performances. Now, for the first time ever, the magic of Shakespeare performed in a style for which the Pop-up Globe Theatre Company has become famous is coming to a theatre near you!

The multi-award-winning Auckland-based company today announces it is taking its extraordinary critically-acclaimed productions of the most famous play ever written Hamlet, and wild comedy Measure for Measure, to seven New Zealand cities this year.

Through the genius of its trademark set design, audiences in Dunedin, Nelson, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Hamilton and New Plymouth will be transported to the 17th century, treated to a playful and fun style of theatre they’re unlikely to have experienced before.

Don’t just take our word for it. Come see for yourself what over 500,000 people are raving about.

Dunedin | Starts 25 June | Regent Theatre | TicketDirect

Nelson | Starts 3 July | Theatre Royal | TicketDirect

Christchurch | Starts 12 July | Isaac Theatre Royal | Ticketek

Wellington | Starts 31 July | The Opera House | Ticketmaster

Napier | Starts 20 August | Municipal Theatre | Ticketek

Hamilton | Starts 27 August | Clarence St Theatre | Ticketek

New Plymouth | Starts 4 September | TSB Showplace | Ticketek

Hamlet audiences will feel the Prince of Denmark’s pain, and perhaps be splashed with his blood, as this swashbuckling tragedy swings into action culminating in a breathtaking duel, while those attending Measure for Measure can expect a wild romp through the seedy streets of 17th century Vienna for a night of Moulin Rouge, Shakespeare-style.

The shows feature a specially designed touring set that recreates the incredible scenic design of Pop-up Globe Auckland, the beautiful bespoke Jacobean costumes that have become a hallmark of Pop-up Globe performances, and the extraordinary lively performances of Shakespeare’s masterworks that have won the company awards across Australasia, including eight theatre awards in Sydney last year.

Pop-up Globe’s founder and artistic director Dr Miles Gregory says the tour is in response to the huge number of requests the company has received from throughout New Zealand.

“Now, for the first time, we’ve created a touring set and shows that bring all the magic of Pop-up Globe performances – the blood, the incredible audience connection, the dances and song, and above all the remarkable art of Shakespeare done well – to existing theatres, meaning that we can share the extraordinary experience of Pop-up Globe with people all over New Zealand. We can’t wait to pop up in your local theatre and show you why the Pop-up Globe theatre experience is so popular.”

Audiences and critics on both sides of the Tasman have raved about Pop-up Globe with the New Zealand Herald stating Pop-up Globe is “world-class” and Broadway World NZ describing their production of Hamlet as a “theatrical triumph.”

The Melbourne Age described their 2017/18 Melbourne Season as “the best night of theatre ever”, selling 146,000 tickets in a season that lasted over 17 weeks in Australia’s arts capital. The company’s shorter Sydney season was close to sold out, with some 105,000 Sydney-siders attending in their droves, eager to discover the Pop-up Globe experience for themselves with Australian Stage calling it “a remarkable achievement in out-of-the-box theatre making”.

Dr Gregory is confident the touring model will allow audiences to share in the magic that audiences of Pop-up Globe theatre itself have been raving about.

“There are many important elements to the Pop-up Globe experience – and the theatre surroundings are just one of them,” Dr Gregory explains. “What’s most important is the performance on stage and our actors’ relationship to the audience. Pop-up Globe shows are fast-paced, beautifully costumed, funny, and make a very strong connection with our audiences. We have designed an extraordinary set that recreates the atmosphere of our Auckland home theatre, including seating for some lucky audience members on stage, in the heart of the action.”

The two touring productions, Hamlet and Measure for Measure, transfer from the company’s Auckland season, where they’ve won critical acclaim and played to sell-out houses.

News update: Thursday 14 February

POP-UP GLOBE CELEBRATES ITS 1000TH PERFORMANCE

The homegrown international smash-hit theatre Pop-up Globe celebrates its 1000th performance this weekend with world premieres of Hamlet and Measure for Measure.

In the three years since the world’s first temporary working replica of the second Globe popped up in a carpark in Auckland’s CBD for its debut season, Pop-up Globe has shared the joy of Shakespeare performed in the space for which it was written with over half-a-million fans across four local seasons and two Australian tours.

“We’re proud to have become one of Australasia’s major producing theatres,” says founder and Artistic Director, Dr Miles Gregory, “and this weekend we open our sixteenth and seventeenth productions – a major output of work in just three years.”

“It’s marvellous that New Zealanders and Australians have enjoyed Pop-up Globe so much, making it possible for us to reach our 1000th performance. I guess this shows Shakespeare is very much alive and well in Auckland today.”

Pop-up Globe will once again roll out the red carpet tomorrow night for the opening of comedy Measure for Measure in what promises to be a Moulin Rouge extravaganza, Shakespeare-style.

The blockbuster tale of Hamlet will take the stage from Friday evening much to the delight of fans waiting for Pop-up Globe to perform the most famous play ever written.

Hamlet is quite rightly regarded as the best play ever written”, Dr Gregory says. “It is not only packed with lines that almost everyone will be familiar with – “To be or not to be, that is the question” is probably the most famous – but is a truly great work of art that explores the human condition in a way that few other plays can match. If you haven’t seen Hamlet before, this is a great opportunity to see why this play changed the way we think about ourselves as humans.”

The same ensemble perform in Measure for Measure, in a new adaptation directed by Dr Gregory, who won Best Director in the BroadwayWorld Sydney theatre awards for his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which itself won Best Play in the same awards round.

All over the world leading Shakespeare companies are currently producing Measure for Measure. Although primarily an uproarious comedy of mistaken identity featuring larger than life characters ranging from independent brothel-keepers to inept police officers, the play is particularly topical as its central plot explores a horrifying abuse of power: the corrupt ruler of Vienna attempts to extort sexual favours from a young novice nun, in return for saving her brother’s life. When the nun threatens him with exposure, he replies with a chilling question: “Who will believe thee, Isabella?”

Dr Gregory chose the play for inclusion in the 2019 season precisely because of this topicality, but stresses that the production fully explores the comedy in the play alongside this darker theme.

“This is an all-singing, all-dancing production that we’ve nicknamed ‘Shakespeare’s Moulin Rouge’. We don’t shy away from the dark heart of the play, instead we think the darkness is heightened by the hilarious comedy that surrounds it.”

Measure for Measure has been reworked to include a number of songs and dances, turning the production into the largest musical piece yet to be produced by the company. Composer Paul McLaney has written eight new musical numbers with choreography by the award-winning Brigid Costello.

Hamlet and Measure for Measure are running for a limited season of 6 weeks only and will close on 31 March. Measure for Measure opens on February 14. Hamlet opens on February 15. Tickets from $5.

News update: Tuesday 22 January

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR POP-UP GLOBE’S WORLD PREMIERES OF HAMLET AND MEASURE FOR MEASURE

Producers of the homegrown international smash-hit theatre Pop-up Globe today announce a new cast will perform Pop-up Globe’s world premieres of Hamlet and Measure for Measure opening next month.

Fan favourite and much-loved Kiwi actress Amanda Billing returns to Pop-up Globe having played Lady Macbeth in Auckland and Sydney in a tour-de-force that saw her nominated for best actress at the prestigious BroadwayWorld Sydney theatre awards to star as Mistress Overdone, the madam with a heart of gold, in controversial comedy Measure for Measure.

Billing will be joined by a newly-formed acting ensemble of fourteen including Pop-up Globe fan favourite Adrian Hooke, who first stepped onto the Pop-up Globe stage as Feste in the 2016 season production of Twelfth Night, before playing Orlando over 148 times for Pop-up Globe in both Auckland and Melbourne, takes on the challenge of his acting career in the title role in Hamlet.

He is joined by fan favourite Max Loban, who recently won Best Actor in the BroadwayWorld Sydney theatre awards for his portrayal of Hermia in Pop-up Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Rising Kiwi star Summer Millett, a recent graduate of Toi Whakaari, will play Ophelia opposite Hooke as Hamlet. The production is directed by Pop-up Globe’s Associate Artistic Director, David Lawrence, and marks the first time the company have staged Hamlet, widely regarded as the most famous play ever written.

Pop-up Globe Artistic Director and founder Dr Miles Gregory says this new production of Hamlet marks a major milestone for the company.

Hamlet is quite rightly regarded as the best play ever written. It is not only packed with lines that almost everyone will be familiar with – “To be or not to be, that is the question” is probably the most famous – but is a truly great work of art that explores the human condition in a way that few other plays can match. If you haven’t seen Hamlet before, this is a great opportunity to see why this play changed the way we think about ourselves as humans.”

The same ensemble perform in Measure for Measure, in a new adaptation directed by Pop-up Globe’s Artistic Director Dr Miles Gregory, who won Best Director in the BroadwayWorld Sydney theatre awards for his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which itself won Best Play in the same awards round.

All over the world leading Shakespeare companies are currently producing Measure for Measure. Although primarily an uproarious comedy of mistaken identity featuring larger than life characters ranging from independent brothel-keepers to inept police officers, the play is particularly topical as its central plot explores a horrifying abuse of power: the corrupt ruler of Vienna attempts to extort sexual favours from a young novice nun, in return for saving her brother’s life. When the nun threatens him with exposure, he replies with a chilling question: “Who will believe thee, Isabella?”

Dr Gregory chose the play for inclusion in the 2019 season precisely because of this topicality, but stresses that the production fully explores the comedy in the play alongside this darker theme.

“This is an all-singing, all-dancing production that we’ve nicknamed ‘Shakespeare’s Moulin Rouge’. We don’t shy away from the dark heart of the play, instead we think the darkness is heightened by the hilarious comedy that surrounds it.”

Measure for Measure has been reworked to include a large number of songs and dances, turning the production into the largest musical piece yet to be produced by the company. Composer Paul McLaney has written eight new musical numbers with choreography by the award-winning Brigid Costello.

Hamlet and Measure for Measure are running for a limited season of 7 weeks only and will close on 31 March. Measure for Measure opens on February 14. Hamlet opens on February 15.

Hamlet and Measure for Measure will be performed in repertory by the Nottingham’s Company. The full company: (in alphabetical order)

Adrian Hooke
Characters:
Hamlet: Hamlet
Measure for Measure: Claudio

Since graduating Toi Whakaari in 2011, Adrian has worked extensively in New Zealand and abroad as an actor, writer, composer and musical director. His recent acting credits include playing Orlando and Bardolph for Pop-up Globe in Auckland and Melbourne. He was nominated for an Outstanding Composition of Music Award at the Auckland and Wellington Theatre Awards for his work on The Best Ever Album Release Party Anybody Has Ever Been To. After performing over 250 shows on the Pop-up Globe stage, Adrian fell in love with the immediacy, energy and liveliness that Pop-up Globe brings to its audience and performers. He is so honoured to be playing Hamlet in the natural home for these immortal lines. More than any other stage, Pop-up Globe encourages a coming together of audience and performer to discover a story. He looks forward to sharing this journey with you.

Amanda Billing
Characters:
Hamlet: First Player
Measure for Measure: Mistress Overdone

Amanda has been acting professionally since 2003 after auditioning on a whim for a play at Auckland’s Silo Theatre and getting the part. Since then she has worked consistently on NZ television (Shortland Street, Power Rangers) and theatre (Silo, Auckland Theatre Company, Red Leap). Her first Shakespearean role was Rosalind in As You Like It at the Parnell Rose Gardens, right back at the beginning of her acting life (she’d been a high school teacher of Geography and English before that). Amanda starred as Lady Macbeth in Pop-up Globe’s Auckland and Sydney season of Macbeth and as Luce in The Comedy of Errors.

Anya Tate-Manning
Characters:
Hamlet: Rosencrantz
Measure for Measure: Froth

Anya Tate-Manning is an award winning performer, writer and theatre-maker. Her recent work includes her solo show My Best Dead Friend (winner of Outstanding Performance, Wellington Theatre Awards 2018 and Best in Fringe, Wellington Fringe Festival 2018) and Silo Theatre’s hit comedy Hudson and Halls Live! (winner of Best Supporting Actress, Wellington Theatre Awards 2016). Anya has performed puppetry, poetry, theatre and stand-up at festivals around the world, including Glastonbury, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Dunedin. Anya trained at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Otago University, and has an MA in scriptwriting from Victoria University.

Barry de Lore
Characters:
Hamlet: Horatio
Measure for Measure: Elbow

Barry returns to the Pop-up Globe stage following his Season 2 appearances here and in Melbourne. In As You Like It he played the elderly teeth-spitting servant, Adam, and the projectile-vomiting Sir Oliver Martext. In Henry V, he was the Archbishop of Canterbury, Mistress Nell Quickly and the fiery Welsh officer, Fluellen. Barry’s professional acting career began at Christchurch’s Court Theatre in 1990. That company and Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre (now defunct) have provided the bulk of his 60-odd professional productions. He has also worked in television and film. In 2004, Barry moved to South Korea where he taught English for most of the ensuing seven years. He continues to teach English as a second language while “resting” between acting contracts.

Clementine Mills
Characters:
Hamlet: Player Queen/Voltemand
Measure for Measure: Juliet

Clementine grew up in England and New Zealand before moving to Sydney for drama school aged 18. Since graduating Actors Centre Australia, her theatre highlights include playing Tracey in M.Rock (Sydney Theatre Company); performing in award-winning physical theatre piece A Year From Now (RedBellyBlack, VAULTS Festival London); and playing Harry Crawford in the UK premiere of The Mutant Man (The Space, London). Previous Shakespeare roles include Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet and Maria in Twelfth Night. Clementine has just returned from her Pop-up Globe debut as swing for the Southampton’s Company in the Sydney season.

Frith Horan
Characters:
Hamlet: Marcellus
Measure for Measure: Pompey

Originally from Wellington, Frith is a 2013 graduate of the Acting course at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Since relocating to Auckland, Frith has worked in a wide variety of projects in the creative arts. Major theatre credits include Viola in Twelfth Night and Red’s Granny in Into the Woods (Fortune Theatre), and Annie in Mating in Captivity (Basement and Bats Theatre). Frith is also an established theatre-maker and deviser, highlights include the 2-woman sketch comedy show Cool Behaviour (co-created with Ava Diakhaby, Auckland Fringe/Q Theatre), the all-female devised show Flaps Retouched (Bits and Pieces Ensemble, Basement Theatre), and The Best Possible Album Party That Anybody Has Ever Been To (co-created with Kate McGill, Basement & Bats Theatre). In 2016, Frith made her debut as a writer, co-writing the original production Bravado for a company of young performers through Auckland Theatre Company’s Here & Now season. Frith has also had an extensive career as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. Her most recent choreography work includes The Addams Family Musical with Western Springs College and Shrek The Musical with the National Youth Theatre Company, staged at the Civic Theatre.

Hugh Sexton
Characters:
Hamlet: The Ghost
Measure for Measure: Angelo/Barnardine/Ragozine

Spanning a career at a tick over 20 years, Hugh has worked with many companies including Hothouse Theatre, Riverina TC, Theatre South, La Mama and the Australian Shakespeare Company. Recent highlights have included the Greenroom nominated Shakespeare’s Best Bits (Australian Theatre Company), the title role in Hamlet (Australian Theatre Company), the title role in Macbeth (Melbourne Company of Players), as well as the Melbourne and Sydney transfers with Pop-up Globe (Around the Globe in 60 Minutes, Comedy of Errors, Macbeth).

Matu Ngaropo
Characters:
Hamlet: Guildenstern
Measure for Measure: Provost

Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Te Rarawa. Matu is delighted and honoured to return to Pop-up Globe as a part of the Nottingham’s Company. A Toi Whaakari: NZ Drama School graduate, Matu has enjoyed career highlights in Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and The Māori Troilus and Cressida that was performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Matu spent three years in Australia as part of The Lion King Antelope Tour and is a founding member, creative director and performer in the award-winning Modern Māori Quartet. He performed at Pop-up Globe for the first time last season as Macduff in Macbeth and Angelo in The Comedy of Errors in both Auckland and Sydney. Matu would like to thank Miles and David for the opportunity and most importantly his family for their ongoing support.

Max Loban
Characters:
Hamlet: King Claudius
Measure for Measure: Lucio

Max graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in 2017, where he was awarded the David Suchet Scholarship. He made his professional stage debut with Pop-Up Globe in 2017 as part of the Buckingham’s Company, playing Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Solanio in The Merchant of Venice. He consequently joined these productions on their international transfer to Sydney last year where, after cavorting about in a dress, shaving his chest and sweating make-up into his eyes for the best part of a year, he was awarded Best Actor in a Play for his role as Hermia in the BroadwayWorld Sydney Awards. And now, having tricked the head of casting into hiring him again, he’s ecstatic to be back and ready to deliver you another award-winning performance as a part of the Nottingham’s Company. Theatre whilst training includes: Stephen in Other People, Ernst in Spring Awakening, Catesby in Richard III, Menzies in Another Country, Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along, Tuzenbach in Three Sisters, Sparkish in The Country Wife and Chorus in Medea.

Rebecca Rogers
Characters:
Hamlet: Cornelius
Measure for Measure: Isabella

Rebecca trained at Bretton Hall. She recently played Slubgob in award-winning production The Screwtape Letters in a USA/UK tour and at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as Belle in A Christmas Carol, Laura Jesson in Brief Encounter, Edith Cavell in Remember Edith Cavell, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Rebecca shot a feature film last year, playing the lead in the psychological thriller, Unseen. She played Amelia Croft in Shadows of the Tomb Raider and the title role in indie short Songs for Cleo. Rebecca directs and writes for her company Heady Conduct; Tiresias and RECKLESS; and other companies; Her Naked Skin, Chariots and Love Struck.

Salesi Le’ota
Characters:
Hamlet: Polonius
Measure for Measure: Friar

Salesi is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. He has performed with the Bacchanals since 2005 in such shows as Richard III, Lysistrata, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Coriolanus, Hamlet and King Lear. He has appeared in three shows for The Conch; Conchus, Masi at the NZ Festival and Vula at the Barbican, the Sydney Opera House and in theatres throughout Holland, New Zealand and Australia. Other stage work includes Public Service Announcements, Christ Almighty!, Hedda Gabler, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Revenge of the Amazons, Sniper (Chapman Tripp Award for Most Original Production), Monkey (NZ Festival) and Golden Boys at Circa. Salesi also has an MA in Art History from the University of Auckland.

Summer Millett
Characters:
Hamlet: Ophelia
Measure for Measure: Mariana

Summer loves to sing, and she loves to act. Only netball has ever competed for her passion. At 12 she was a talent contest winner. With the Northland Youth Theatre in 2013 she wrote and directed ‘easily the most original piece of the night’ at the annual Short+Sweet season. A Toi Whakaari acting graduate in 2017, Summer appeared there in The Antigone Sound, an ambitious song, sound and dance work; and interned at Dunedin’s fabled Fortune Theatre, playing Florinda in Into the Woods. Claire van Beek’s Daniel was her short film debut. Summer’s boundless future is brimming with music, performance and creation.

Susan-Jane Harrison
Characters:
Hamlet: Queen Gertrude
Measure for Measure: Escalus

Susan-Jane Harrison is a British-American actor and playwright, trained at RADA in London.  Most notable work in the UK includes BBC Radio, A&BC Theatre Co, and The National. In the USA with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Woman’s Will, ACT, California Shakespeare Company, A Traveling Jewish Theater, and the United Solo Festival on Theatre Row in NYC. She has a private teaching practice in Oakland, CA, and teaches voice and acting at Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre. Her work as a playwright has premiered at the RADA Festival in London and in San Francisco, CA.

Will Alexander
Characters:
Hamlet: Laertes
Measure for Measure: The Duke

Will began his career at the Christchurch Court Theatre, in productions including: The History Boys, Gods of Warm Beer and The Seagull before moving to London to study at RADA, a highlight of which was performing a duologue at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Since graduating Will has performed in The Winter’s Tale (Sheffield Crucible), The Third (Finborough Theatre), This Much (SOHO Theatre), Flagons and Foxtrots (Fortune Theatre) as well as the world tour of Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Cheek by Jowl). In television Will has performed in Outlander, Doctors and was a television presenter for Whitebait T.V. Will made his Pop-up Globe debut last season as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice in Auckland and Sydney.

News update: Monday 7 January

FIRM’S GIFT SEES $5 GROUNDLINGS EXTENDED FOR REST OF SEASON

Pop-up Globe is celebrating the New Year by announcing that $5 groundlings tickets are being extended, ensuring anyone who wants to see a Shakespeare masterpiece at this extraordinary playhouse can do so for the cost of a cup of coffee. Time travel has never been this affordable!

The subsidised tickets, currently available for The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III and made possible through the generosity of a leading New Zealand law firm, will now be available for this season’s next two plays Measure for Measure and Hamlet which open on 14 and 15 February.

The firm Anthony Harper – recently named as a finalist in the 2019 NZEA Event Awards for its sponsorship of Pop-up Globe in 2018 – strives to give back to the community, and supporting the arts is one way of doing so.

“We believe that everyone should have access to the arts, regardless of their personal circumstances,” says Anthony Harper’s managing partner, Malcolm Hurley

Mr Hurley says Anthony Harper began supporting the arts in Christchurch well over 20 years ago and has continued the proud tradition since. It has been sponsoring Pop-up Globe since 2015 and is currently the foundation sponsor.

Pop-up Globe’s founder and artistic director, Miles Gregory, says he is delighted Anthony Harper has stepped in to ensure that anyone can enjoy world-class performances of Shakespeare’s masterworks in such an inspirational and invigorating atmosphere.

“Anthony Harper has supported Pop-up Globe since our inception. Both of our organisations understand the importance of arts attendance in building stronger communities and in changing lives – particularly the lives of young people.

“$5 buys a cup of coffee or a hamburger. Now you can partake of an experience that you’ll never forget – two hours of brilliant performance that will transport you to Denmark, or Vienna, four hundred years ago. Time travel has never been cheaper, thanks to Anthony Harper and Pop-up Globe.”

News update: Friday 4 January

POP-UP GLOBE WINS 8 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS

New Zealand’s greatest theatre export EVER, Pop-up Globe, has dominated Sydney’s theatre awards overnight.

Global theatre giant BroadwayWorld.com – the world’s largest theatre site – has honoured Pop-up Globe for its productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Te Reo speaking fairies, and The Merchant of Venice – both produced in Auckland and playing at Pop-up Globe Auckland last summer.

Pop-up Globe beat out competition from the likes of Sydney Opera House and some of Australia’s best known theatre producers, creatives and actors to claim best play, best director of a play, best costume design, best choreography, best actor in a play, best actress in a play, best supporting actor in a play and best supporting actress in a play.

Founder and artistic director Miles Gregory says he is thrilled that Pop-up Globe has been recognised in such a significant way by Australian audiences.

“We are delighted they have embraced us with such love and enthusiasm,” says Dr Gregory.

“The awards are a reflection of what our fans are telling us. Our audiences welcome us. They love us and we are honoured to serve them by creating amazing work in an amazing space.”

A Pop-up Globe, identical to the company’s Auckland base, has been resident in Sydney since September 2018 and has sold over 100,000 tickets to the four productions which transferred from Auckland earlier this year.

“Pop-up Globe has always been proud to be born and headquartered in Auckland. We are proud to be ambassadors for the New Zealand arts community, and to fly the flag for New Zealand creativity both at home and abroad. It’s particularly good for so many New Zealand actors and creatives to have been nominated, recognising the extraordinary talent that comes from the New Zealand arts industry and arts training.”

The current season at Pop-up Globe Auckland features productions of Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew, which have received rave reviews from fans and critics alike since they opened last month. Asked whether these productions would also transfer internationally, artistic director Miles Gregory refused to be drawn.

“Our mission is to share with as many people as possible our passion for Shakespeare performed with gusto in the space for which it was written. We’d love to transfer our current work to other Pop-up Globes, and we’re in planning for our future international seasons at the moment, working with our international partners Live Nation Australasia. Watch this space!”

Pop-up Globe winners’ list:
Best Play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Best Director of a Play – Miles Gregory for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Best Costume Design – Bob Capocci & Shona Tawhiao for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Best Choreography – Brigid Costello for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Best Actor in a Play – Max Loban for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Best Actress in a Play – Sarah Griffen for The Merchant of Venice
Best Supporting Actor in a Play – Chris Huntly-Turner for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Best Supporting Actress in a Play – Sarah Griffin for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

News update: Thursday 13 December

POP-UP GLOBE DOMINATES AUSTRALIAN THEATRE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Kiwi-born company in line for a staggering 28 gongs

New Zealand theatre company Pop-up Globe has scooped up a staggering 28 nominations in the Broadway World Sydney theatre awards.

This represents 37% of the total nominations in applicable categories in the prestigious annual awards, which are run by global theatre giant BroadwayWorld.com — the world’s largest theatre site.

A Pop-up Globe, identical to the company’s Auckland base, has been resident in Sydney since September 2018 and has sold over 100,000 tickets to the four productions which transferred from Auckland earlier this year.

The productions, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice and The Comedy of Errors, were all produced in Auckland and ran at Pop-up Globe Auckland last summer. They featured a blend of Kiwi and international actors, and attracted attendances of some 100,000 during their four-month run before transferring to Sydney, where they were greeted with critical acclaim from Australian press.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream has proved a huge hit with Australian audiences, leading the field for Best Play, Best Director for Kiwi director Miles Gregory, Best Costume Design for designer Bob Capocci, and Best Supporting Actor for Aussie Chris Huntly-Turner at the awards.

New Zealand acting royalty Stephen Lovatt and Amanda Billing have both secured nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Play for their performances as Lord and Lady Macbeth, up against competition including Hugo Weaver and Pamela Rabe.

All four Pop-up Globe productions were nominated for Best Costume Design, and Pop-up Globe’s Movement Director Brigid Costello received three nominations in the Best Choreographer category.

“We’re obviously delighted to have secured so many nominations in the Broadway World Sydney theatre awards, up against competition from local giants including Sydney Opera House and the Hayes Theatre,” said Dr Miles Gregory, artistic director and founder of Pop-up Globe, and the leading nomination for Best Director for his work on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“Pop-up Globe has always been proud to be born and headquartered in Auckland. We are proud to be ambassadors for the New Zealand arts community, and to fly the flag for New Zealand creativity both at home and abroad. It’s particularly good for so many New Zealand actors and creatives to have been nominated, recognising the extraordinary talent that comes from the New Zealand arts industry and arts training.”

The current season at Pop-up Globe Auckland features productions of Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew, which have received rave reviews from fans and critics alike since they opened last month. Asked whether these productions would also transfer internationally, artistic director Miles Gregory refused to be drawn.

“Our mission is to share with as many people as possible our passion for Shakespeare performed with gusto in the space for which it was written. We’d love to transfer our current work to other Pop-up Globes, and we’re in planning for our future international seasons at the moment, working with our international partners Live Nation Australasia. Watch this space!”

Voting for the Broadway World Sydney theatre awards continues at https://www.broadwayworld.com/sydney/vote2018region.cfm, and closes on 31 December 2018. The winners will be announced in January 2019.

Full list of Pop-up Globe’s nominations for the awards:

Broadway World Awards, Sydney 2018
Category Nominations
Best Actor in a Play Hugh Sexton
Best Actor in a Play Jade Daniels
Best Actor in a Play Max Loban
Best Actor in a Play Stephen Lovatt
Best Actress in a Play Amanda Billing
Best Actress in a Play Romy Hooper
Best Actress in a Play Sarah Griffen
Best Supporting Actor in a Play Chris Huntly-Turner
Best Supporting Actor in a Play Jason Te Kare
Best Supporting Actor in a Play Jonathan Martin
Best Supporting Actor in a Play Max Loban
Best Supporting Actor in a Play Nigel Langley
Best Supporting Actress in a Play Amanda Billing
Best Supporting Actress in a Play Julia Guthrey
Best Supporting Actress in a Play Mia Landgren
Best Supporting Actress in a Play Sarah Griffin
Best Supporting Actress in a Play Serena Cotton
Best Choreographer Brigid Costello
Best Choreographer Brigid Costello
Best Choreographer Brigid Costello
Best Director – Play Miles Gregory
Best Director – Play Tom Mallaburn
Best Costume Design – Play Bob Capocci
Best Costume Design – Play Bob Capocci
Best Costume Design – Play Chantelle Gerard
Best Costume Design – Play Chantelle Gerard
Best Play A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Best Play Macbeth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News update: Monday 10 December

ARE YOU RELATED TO KING RICHARD?

Pop-up Globe launches search for descendants of serial killer

Is your last name Somerset, Neville, Plantagenet, Ibsen, Constable, Babthorpe, Cholmley, Slingsby, Bellasis, Talbot, Yelverton, Calthorpe, Gough, Spooner, Neale, Frere, Stokes or Brown?

Pop-up Globe is searching for living relatives of King Richard III, the infamous King of England who died at the bloody Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

Richard, also known as Richard Plantagenet, was the subject of Shakespeare’s dark comedy Richard III – now playing at Pop-up Globe – and cemented Richard’s reputation as a serial killer who had his two young nephews murdered in the tower of London.

While Richard himself had no children, and is considered to be the last of the Plantagenets — an illegitimate line of the Plantagenet dynasty survives today, represented by David Somerset, 11th Duke of Beaufort.

There are known to be several lines of Plantagenet relatives around the world, including in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Canadian-born Michael Ibsen, the 17th generation nephew of Richard III, was present in the UK at the start of the archaeological dig in a carpark in York, where the king’s long-lost remains were discovered in 2012. Richard’s mother Cecily Neville could (mathematically) have several million direct descendants today.

People with the following surnames, all of which have been linked to descendants of Richard III, should check their family trees to see if they are related to the monarch: Somerset, Neville, Plantagenet, Ibsen, Constable, Babthorpe, Cholmley, Slingsby, Bellasis, Talbot, Yelverton, Calthorpe, Gough, Spooner, Neale, Frere, Stokes, and even Brown.

Those who believe they are from the bloodline are invited to contact Pop-up Globe. Any relatives who can show their familial connection to Richard will receive tickets to see Richard III in action, as well as experience a backstage tour and special meeting with the cast and company.

“Richard III is one of the most iconic and notorious Kings in history,” says Pop-up Globe’s artistic director Dr Miles Gregory. “He’s portrayed by Shakespeare as a ruthless, devious, manipulative man who murders his way to the throne. However, the historic King Richard has a much better reputation. Having done so much research as part of our rehearsal process, we’d love to meet any living relatives of King Richard and host them at our playhouse.“

If you believe you’re related to Richard III, and can show some evidence of your relation, please get in touch with Pop-up Globe to claim your pair of tickets. Please note that the Pop-up Globe’s research team will assess all claims and their decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Email hello@popupglobe.co.nz for more information.

 

News update: Friday 7 December

WORLD-CLASS THEATRE MADE POSSIBLE FOR ALL POCKETS

Thanks to a ground-breaking new sponsorship initiative, Kiwis can now see world-class Shakespeare performed at Pop-up Globe for just five bucks.

Today, Pop-up Globe announced that Ellerslie Event Centre has committed to a revolutionary sponsorship deal that will make all groundling tickets purchased online for The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III at Pop-up Globe’s current Auckland season accessible for all pockets. The groundlings are the standing audience who watch at the front of the stage. They’re just inches from the actors and frequently find themselves caught up in the action.

Pop-up Globe founder and Artistic Director Dr Miles Gregory says the generosity of Ellerslie Event Centre to make ticket prices more affordable for New Zealanders is a game-changer.

“We’re very grateful to Ellerslie Event Centre for making it possible for Pop-up Globe to offer world-class entertainment as this remarkable price. High ticket prices are the single biggest barrier to making theatre accessible and this act of generosity means that everyone can afford to come and share the magic of the Pop-up Globe experience, regardless of their disposable income.

“Watching a Pop-up Globe performance as a groundling is an unforgettable experience, perfect for those new to Shakespeare or young people. If you’re a parent hoping to get your kids hooked on Shakespeare, our new subsidised $5 ticket price means that you can bring a whole family of five for just $25 dollars.

“Pop-up Globe’s mission is to share the magic of Shakespeare’s work performed in the space for which it was written with as many people as possible. Now, thanks to this unprecedented sponsorship from Ellerslie Event Centre, we’re a big step forwards in making Pop-up Globe shows accessible to everyone.”

Craig Fenwick, Executive General Manager Hospitality and Events at Ellerslie Event Centre says he is delighted to support Pop-up Globe’s mission to share Shakespeare with Auckland and beyond.

“We’re proud to host New Zealand’s most successful theatre company, and here at Ellerslie Event Centre we’re committed to providing an outstanding experience to all of our visitors. We’ve always known groundlings are at the heart of the action, so to subsidise their tickets and enable more people to enjoy it is an initiative we’re thrilled to support.

“Pop-up Globe is one of the best live entertainment experiences in Auckland and I hope many families will now be encouraged to join the magic it has created,” adds Fenwick.

From today, all advanced groundling tickets purchased online for The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III will be at a subsidised rate of $5 and available online until 90 minutes before the show start time. Door sales for all shows are available at the standard $25 walk-up price.

Audiences can take up this deal straight away with Pop-up Globe’s critically-acclaimed season delighting thousands of fans already. The New Zealand Herald has remarked comedy The Taming of the Shrew is “entertaining and poignant” and The Daily Blog has claimed tragedy Richard III as “the best two and a half hours of theatre money can buy”. Both of these productions are now showing until February 3.

All Pop-up Globe performances are two hours, fifteen minutes with a 15 minute interval. Pop-up Globe’s beautiful summer garden opens 90 minutes before a performance and offers delicious food and beverage options for audiences to enjoy in the many undercover areas before the show. Free parking is available.

The $5 groundling ticket is available for all shows playing until February 3 2019. Tickets can be purchased at this special price from popupglobe.co.nz.

 

News update: Thursday 15 November

POP-UP GLOBE REACHES MILESTONE MOMENT

1000 shows | 500,000+ tickets | 2 countries

Pop-up Globe spins into action this weekend with world premieres of new productions and on track to reach a massive milestone during this spectacular season of Shakespeare.

During its fourth New Zealand season, featuring The Taming of the ShrewRichard III, Hamlet and Measure for Measure, the New Zealand-born theatre company will notch up its 1000th global performance – an extraordinary achievement in less than three years.

Tomorrow night’s gala opening of The Taming of the Shrew also marks more than half a million tickets sold, and sees the company mounting simultaneous seasons in Auckland and Sydney – believed to be a first for any New Zealand arts company.

Pop-up Globe is now the most successful theatrical export ever developed in New Zealand – and one of the most successful Shakespeare companies in the world, selling some 250,000 tickets to its global productions every year, as well as acting as an ambassador for New Zealand arts and creative talent at home and abroad.

Pop-up Globe founder and artistic director Dr Miles Gregory says that the company’s success is down to teamwork and a Kiwi “can-do” attitude.

“New Zealand has a long and proud heritage of making amazing projects from scratch in our own back-yard. Pop-up Globe started right here in Auckland and is now one of the world’s leading Shakespeare companies. We’re very proud that our team are based here and that we can showcase these extraordinary plays to our home crowd before any international transfer.”

Every year, the company receives thousands of applications from around the world to join their acting ensemble. The company believes that an international ensemble brings benefits far beyond the stage, so while some 75% of the casts are drawn from New Zealand actors, Pop-up Globe has worked with actors from America, the UK, Norway, Australia, and many other countries since its inception.

Among the cast for the first shows in the new season are fan favourites Stephen Butterworth and Sheena Irving as well as household names including The Castle‘s Anne Tenney and Naked Samoans star Dave Fane.

But while the acting talent is second-to-none, it’s the response of audiences and critics to the company’s work that has made the biggest splash.

“The way New Zealanders have responded to this project is absolutely astonishing,” says Dr Gregory. “You can come and see one of our shows for just $10, standing in the yard just inches from the action. The mix of low entry-level prices combined with exciting and bloody action on stage is the reason why we see young people come again and again to see our shows, sometimes attending over twenty or thirty times over the season. We love to see the passion our work inspires in our audiences.”

Critics across the ditch in Australia have raved about the company’s seasons in Melbourne and Sydney, with the Sydney Morning Herald critic describing Macbeth as “possibly the finest production of the play I have ever seen”, and the Australian Stage reviewer writing that Pop-up Globe’s As You Like It in Melbourne was “the best night of theatre ever”.

“Many Pop-up Globe shows are more like a riot than a traditional theatre show,” Dr Gregory says, “and this new season sees uproarious comedy mixed with fourteen actors performing full battle sequences in bespoke armour and covering our groundlings in blood. We can promise this season will bring nothing less with more battles, more blood and more laughter than ever before.”

 

News update: Friday 14 September

SYDNEY DECLARES POP-UP GLOBE THE BEST EVER

Extensive critical acclaim rolls in for exported Kiwi theatre

New Zealand’s most successful theatrical export, Pop-up Globe has taken Sydney by storm, with influential critic John Shand from The Age declaring its production of Macbeth as the best they’ve ever seen.

Starring two of New Zealand’s finest actors, Stephen Lovatt and Amanda Billing, the adulations don’t stop at this glowing review with Lovatt described as “absolute theatrical dynamite” by Australian Stage and the Tom Mallaburn-directed tragedy as “an altogether new feast for the senses in its boldly theatrical use of this wonderful performance space”.

The Sydney media has heaped praise on Pop-up Globe’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with every indication this production will be a blockbuster hit. Containing 20% te reo Maori, spoken by the mischievous fairies in the woods, Australian Stage said this production is “a remarkable achievement in out-of-the-box theatre making” with The Sydney Morning Herald saying it’s “as rollicking and immersive a production of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy has has ever romped across a modern stage.”

Pop-up Globe’s presentation of bonkers farce The Comedy of Errors also won its fair share of praise. Arts Review describes it as “the chance to jump in a time machine and experience something magical”, and Broadway World Sydney says it is “highly entertaining”.

Creator and artistic director Dr Miles Gregory is thrilled with Sydney’s reception of Pop-up Globe, which has popped up at the heart of the city’s Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park.

“The reviews are world-class,” says Dr Gregory. “As an artist, I couldn’t ask for greater recognition for the work we’ve created. I am honoured that Sydney has embraced us with such enthusiasm.”

“I am very proud of our whole company as ambassadors for New Zealand arts and culture.”

Since its inception in Auckland less than three years ago, over 500,000 people have seen one of the Bard’s masterpieces in Auckland, at the company’s first international season in Melbourne, and now in Sydney.

The Sydney season has been extended until December 2.

 

News update: Friday 27 July, 2pm

Statement from Pop-up Globe Auckland.

At Pop-up Globe we strive to make work that brings unity, joy and hope.

The response to our upcoming Auckland season has made us think about how we can do this better.

So we’re making a change.

From today we are making a commitment to cast equal numbers of male and female actors for every new Auckland season.

In the 2018/19 Auckland season of The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Measure for Measure, and Hamlet, 14 women and 14 men will make up two 50:50 gender-balanced casts.

In any future seasons we will work within this commitment to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of the work we produce, celebrating and sharing the magic of Shakespeare’s plays.

There may be different gender balances for individual productions, but there will be 50:50 gender balance on stage during a season.

We appreciate this is a change to our published casting. If you purchased a ticket to The Taming of the Shrew or Richard III and wish to have a refund please contact our ticketing partner Eventfinda on 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) or support@eventfinda.co.nz. See terms and conditions below.

Thank you to everyone who has given us their feedback. We’re very grateful.

Kind regards,
Miles

Dr Miles Gregory
Artistic Director & Founder, Pop-up Globe

Terms & conditions:

1. Refund is valid to ticket purchasers who purchased a ticket to The Taming of the Shrew or Richard III before Friday 3 August 2018.
2. To action refund, ticket purchasers must contact Eventfinda on 0800 BUY TIX or email support@eventfinda.co.nz before Friday 31 August. After this time Eventfinda’s regular refund policy applies and no refunds will be made.
3. Applications for refunds not complying with these terms and conditions will be invalid. Pop-up Globe accepts no responsibility for incorrectly completed, lost, delayed or unprocessed online purchases.
4. Pop-up Globe reserves the right to extend, cancel or amend the refund terms and conditions at any time.